Charlize Theron Has Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

She also has a producer's credit and the starring role.

by | March 17, 2008 | Comments

She’ll spend the summer blending humor and superhero action with Will Smith and Jason Bateman in Hancock, but Charlize Theron already has Vengeance on her mind.

While promoting her latest film, Sleepwalking, Theron told MTV Movies that she’s working on an adaptation of Park Chan-Wook‘s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Though she described the film as “in the very early stages” of development, Theron is committed to produce and star — and she knows she’s got her work cut out for her:

We’re intimidated almost beyond belief. [Park Chan-Wook] made an almost perfect film. I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t for him and his encouragement. He came to me and said he really wanted us to do this. He didn’t want to direct it. He really wanted to see that story told in an American society. If he wasn’t so encouraging, I don’t think I could go through with it. It’ll be a different director.

The original film, released in 2005, wrapped up the vengeance-themed trilogy the director started with 2002’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and continued with 2003’s Oldboy:

On the heels of her release from prison, Lee Geum-ja embarks on a mission to track down the man responsible for her imprisonment, which also resulted in her being forced to give up her daughter for adoption. Hardened by years in the penitentiary and endlessly fantasizing about the right way to exact revenge, she enlists the help of former cellmates to accomplish her goal. But what she uncovers is a secret so horrifying that no revenge seems fitting.

As Theron acknowledged, successfully remaking Lady Vengeance will be difficult; Tomatometer critics gave the original a 75 percent Tomatometer rating, and RT users were even kinder, sending it all the way to 88 percent. Place your bets!

Source: MTV Movies

Tag Cloud

GLAAD Year in Review Rom-Com Calendar politics Spring TV Video Games Disney Fantasy VH1 Lifetime Polls and Games FOX Animation Sneak Peek 24 frames Crackle Schedule Action FX TCA 2017 Holidays Rock CBS All Access AMC SundanceTV Logo sports Lionsgate First Look Thanksgiving docudrama NYCC Certified Fresh Starz Nickelodeon crime thriller Masterpiece SDCC Horror boxoffice TNT Nat Geo adventure Syfy Disney Channel BBC America Winter TV OWN Universal serial killer Photos Winners discovery BBC Kids & Family Oscars Infographic Hulu crime drama IFC Pop social media NBC Sci-Fi Musicals PaleyFest Star Wars TV Land Podcast cinemax ITV CNN President Reality Interview Amazon USA HBO Pirates DC Comics TCA Extras Biopics Ghostbusters Showtime Opinion vampires VICE LGBTQ Adult Swim CMT Trivia GIFs ABC Family PBS Marathons diversity History Awards Cartoon Network Music Election Tumblr thriller Box Office TIFF Watching Series Drama Tomatazos Exclusive Video Mystery Nominations FXX ESPN Rocky Trailer Superheroes science fiction Country Best and Worst 2016 Character Guide A&E Bravo Esquire E! Cosplay Fall TV TruTV Set visit ABC Writers Guild of America Emmys GoT harry potter 007 cooking Netflix Sundance El Rey DirecTV Marvel MTV Comedy Freeform Grammys Reality Competition dramedy Premiere Dates comiccon TBS WGN travel American Society of Cinematographers Fox News TCM period drama Toys Martial Arts Valentine's Day Food Network sitcom CBS The CW BET singing competition Summer MSNBC Countdown 2017 Red Carpet Comedy Central 2015